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IPMN stands with the Movement for Black Lives, #BlackLivesMatter
and the BNC call for Solidarity.

 

June 1, 2020 — IPMN stands against racism and white supremacy and  strongly condemns the tactics used by the white police officer in Minneapolis. The disregard for human life on the part of our so-called "Law and Order" officials, especially when it comes to African Americans, is intolerable and must stop.

As advocates for Palestinian rights, we know all too well that the same "knee-on-the-neck" is used against Palestinian victims by the Israeli police and military. (See picture). Israel trains police forces of American cities to act like soldiers and the impunity in Palestine translates to worldwide impunity for acts of police brutality.  We stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and call for an end to all police brutality and for an end to  Israeli training of American police forces.  

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, pastor and modern-day prophet of Trinity United Church in Chicago asked on May 31st, 2020, "When?  When will we overcome?" We see these latest acts of racism repeated over and over. We protest;  little changes. We sing “We Shall Overcome” again as we did in the 1960's and 1970's.  "Law, Order, and Justice!" replied African-Americans in the 1970's. And today we repeat with our African American sisters and brothers, “No justice, no peace.”

Systemic racism is hard to change. It is entrenched in the very being of white Americans who have lived with an identity of entitlement and privilege for generations, seen in our country's mass incarceration of people of color and inequality across the board —in housing, voting, education, health care, justice system, jobs, and more. But this is a moment in time that calls us to a new reality. Therefore, we pledge to renew our efforts to listen, to insist on change, and to help others see the ways that racism and supremacy oppresses and hurts. 

Quoting Chicago’s Rev. Moss again, "Don't ask where God is in all this!  God is asking us where WE are!"  God calls us to feed the hungry, visit the sick and those in prison, release the prisoners and give sight to the blind. God calls us to repair the breach. May it be so. 

 


We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. ~2 Corinthians 4: 8-10

 

IPMN endorsed the Movement for Black Lives in 2016.
Read our statement here.


 



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We can’t breathe until we’re free!

Palestinians stand in solidarity with Black Americans 

May 30, 2020

Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) 
 

We call on the Palestine solidarity movement in the US and elsewhere to stand with the Movement for Black Lives and other Black-led organizations in their righteous struggle for justice

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society that leads the global BDS movement, stands resolutely in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters across the US who are calling for justice in the wake of the latest wave of insufferable police murders of Black Americans, including George Floyd in Minneapolis, Tony McDade in Tallahassee, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville.

The growing protests by “the unheard” against police brutality in the US are fundamentally an uprising against an entire system of racist exploitation and oppression, exacerbated and nakedly exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic and its disproportionate toll on African Americans. This system is organically connected to the crimes perpetrated by US imperialism against peoples of color worldwide and rooted in the violent, racist and colonial foundation of the US.

The genocidal destruction of native American nations, the pillage of their wealth and resources, and the savage enslavement of millions of Africans constitutes the most profound pillars of what became the US. The deeply-seated white supremacist ideology that has guided and attempted to whitewash these crimes is still alive, albeit in different forms. This exclusionary ideology is encouraged by the flagrantly racist Trump White House and an insidious, less-audaciously racist liberal establishmentthat rhetorically condemns racism, even spews some empty promises, yet consistently fails to act on reparations, racial and economic justice, and ending the horrific system of criminalization and mass incarceration of Black Americans.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, the “great stumbling block” in the stride by Black Americans toward freedom is not the KKK, “but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”

We call on the Palestine solidarity movement in the US and elsewhere to stand withthe Movement for Black Lives and other Black-led organizations in their righteous struggle for justice, and for an abolitionist approach to police reform, reparation, and liberation. We endorse calls for targeted and strategic boycott, defunding and divestment campaigns against institutions, banks and corporations that are implicated in the system of racial injustice.

As indigenous people of Palestine, we have firsthand experience with settler- colonialismapartheid and racist violence wielded by Israel’s regime of oppression - with the miliary funding and unconditional support of the US government -  to dispossess us, ethnically cleanse us, and reduce us to lesser humans. Our most important achievement as a people resisting colonial oppression, including through boycott campaigns, is our ability to remain steadfast and to resist their relentless attempts to colonize our minds with hopelessness, self-deprecation and surrender to their supremacy as fate.

Black people in the US, in South Africa and many other countries have survived centuries of the most inhumane forms of enslavement and racial oppression ever seen, teaching humanity as a whole precious lessons in perseverance, resistance and ingeniousness.

The system of structural racism in the US is violently enforced by paramilitary police departments, many trained by Israel, including the Minnesota police. These police forces have been tasked with doing whatever it takes to protect this rotten system of white supremacy and Black, Latinx and Indigenous disenfranchisement.

The indiscriminate, extrajudicial murder of Black Americans; the unconscionable US prison system; and the inhumane and racist treatment of migrants and asylum seekers at the southern borders are all symptoms of an increasingly militarized security state that is wreaking havoc and destruction against communities of color in the US and globally. As long as this system of oppression continues, it is up to our grassroots movements to work collectively and intersectionally to dismantle it, from the US to Palestine.

It is the duty of all people of conscience to uplift the struggle and the voices of our Black sisters and brothers. We call on our community to recognize the connectionsbetween the US’s domestic racial oppression and its racialized imperial oppression against people of color worldwide, as explained by Malcolm X and other Black thought leaders. Just as the occupying Israeli military forces serve to further entrench the apartheid system against Palestinians, the US police forces only serve to further entrench the system of American white supremacy and privilege.

We echo the sentiments of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s recent statement saying, "now is a time for us to listen to Black Americans and Black civil rights groups about their unique experiences and about how we can best support our collective struggle against injustice. It is also our duty ... to educate ourselves on the struggles our Black brothers and sisters face and how we can do our part to tackle anti-blackness."

To our Black brothers and sisters, your resilience in the face of brutal dehumanization is a source of inspiration to our own struggle against Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. We support calls such as this initiative from Minneapolis organizers to divest from militarism and policing and instead invest in community-led health and safety.

Recognizing that justice is won, not simply conceded, we reflect on James Baldwin’s advice to his nephew, “Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure, does not testify to your inferiority, but to their inhumanity and fear.”

We can’t breathe until we’re free from oppression and racism. #BlackLivesMatter

 

 

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A Fatal Attraction:

Colonialism and Apartheid

Join us on Zoom 

for a special gathering 

with Dr. Rashid Khalidi

Tuesday, June 16 

2-3 pm Eastern time

 

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Professor Khalidi's 2020 book:

"A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history.

"...Original, authoritative, and important, The Hundred Years' War on Palestine is not a chronicle of victimization, nor does it whitewash the mistakes of Palestinian leaders or deny the emergence of national movements on both sides. In reevaluating the forces arrayed against the Palestinians, it offers an illuminating new view of a conflict that continues to this day."

~ Metropolitan Books, Macmillan Publishers

 


 

khalidi 300x300Rashid Khalid is Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University.  

Prof. Khalidi received his BA from Yale in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford in 1974. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993.

He is author of: 
  • Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013)
  • Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009)
  • The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006)
  • Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004)
  • Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1996)
  • Under Siege: PLO Decision-Making During the 1982 War (1986)
  • British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980)
and co-editor of:
  • Palestine and the Gulf (1982) 
  • The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991)

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June 20-27, 2020


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To reserve a room please call the Crowne Plaza Baltimore-Inner Harbor at (410) 347-5707. When you call, let them know you're with "Presbyterian Peace Fellowship". The PPF block of rooms is from June 19th-26th with a rate of $109 a night, plus tax. The Crowne Plaza is a 0.4 mile walk to the Baltimore Convention Center where the GA will be held, and is close to light rail stops too. 

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November 12 -14
 
As per our discussions and vote at the 2019 annual meeting, we will continue to plan and hold our meetings on an annual basis.
 
Our 2020 meeting will be "virtual." Plans are underway, to focus on one day or perhaps all three days, or some variation. We are identifying speakers around the theme of Christian Zionism and its impact on the apartheid regime of Israel.

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c074f656 ea9d 4c57 b5f4 5ff274713280Dear IPMN Friends,

Below you will find the grant proposals which were approved in October by the Steering Committee and shared with those who attended the annual meeting. As many of you will remember, we did not give out grants last year because we could not implement a vetting process which would satisfy the PCUSA regarding organizations which applied for grants who were not our mission partners. That is to say, we couldn’t verify who they were and did the work they claimed to do. 

Since 2016, we have worked out a vetting process and were pleased to be able to allocate both the 2016 and 2017 funds, totaling $38,000 for grants at this time. We received nine applications (three of which were applying for a second grant and one of which was applying a second time for a first grant), and because we had more funds than in the past, we were able to give a grant to each of the nine projects.  Not only did we have more funds, but we genuinely felt that each of the projects was worthy of our support.  Much prayerful consideration was given to each application as the sub-committee reviewed and rated each one; two conference calls brought us to our final recommendations. The list of grant recipients are listed below in alphabetical order.

Most sincerely and enthusiastically,
IPMN Grants Committee
Linda B. Brebner, Chair
Carol Mead
Carol Hylkema

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IPMN Grants Approved  in 2017

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese Jerusalem — “Mobile Clinic Equipment for St. Luke’s Hospital” in Nablus, West Bank 

AFEDJ is a non-political, independent nonprofit which acts as a partner to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and is the sole non-profit organization in the US dedicated to supporting the humanitarian institutions of the Episcopal Diocese.   AFEDJ’s request is for IPMN to contribute funds for a new Lutech, Datalyst 500 fetal heart monitor to be used in a mobile unit clinic which extends the care of St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus.  These mobile clinics are central to the care given by St. Luke’s because many patients are unable to travel to St. Luke’s due to the security checkpoints and violence done toward Palestinians by some inhabitants of nearby Israeli settlements.  High-quality care to pregnant women is one of the primary services that St. Luke’s staff provides, and each mobile clinic van needs to have an ultrasound fetal heart monitor.  These monitors are particularly necessary in late pregnancy and during labor.  A grant of $4,500. was approved for one heart monitor.


 

American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)— “Equipping the Zuhour Al-Walajeh Preschool”  Outside Bethlehem

ANERA is a registered non-governmental, non-profit, international organization established in 1968 to advance the well-being of communities in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon.  Today, ANERA responds to the economic, health and educational needs of the most marginalized people in the Middle East.  In the West Bank and Gaza, only one-third of all four- and five-year-olds are enrolled in preschool.  ANERA is committed to fostering safe and effective spaces in which Palestinian children can learn and grow.  ANERA has built or renovated 10% of the existing preschools in the West Bank and Gaza.  ANERA requested a grant to furnish Zuhour Al-Walajeh Preschool with educational and age-appropriate toys, learning materials, outdoor play equipment, and furniture.   Zuhour Al-Walajeh is a traditional agricultural village located just four kilometers northwest of Bethlehem.  A grant of $3,500. for educational equipment was approved.


 

Bethlehem Bible College— “Christ at the Checkpoint Conference 2018”  in Bethlehem

Under the leadership of Bethlehem Bible College, four “Christ at the Checkpoint” conferences have been held during the past 10 years, at which between 300 and 700 participants attended.  In May 2018, the fifth international conference will take place with the theme, “Jesus at the Center: The Centrality of Jesus in our Theology, Advocacy, and Mission.”  The group describes itself as follows, “We are a community of Evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship (within the context) of Israeli-Palestinian conflict…We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life, which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.”

The conference will be led by Palestinian Christians, and all Evangelical Christians everywhere are invited to attend in hopes…this conference will provide a much-needed platform for Evangelical Christians to learn about and become engaged in working towards Christ-led solutions for peace.   The conference will be four days of lectures, small group discussions and workshops as well as fieldtrips to different places that are “hot zones” in the conflict.  The registrations for all participants are kept reasonable; therefore, the amount needed to make up the difference between the income from the registrations and the expenses is $63,000.  A grant of $4,400. to be used toward these conference expenses was approved.


Bright Stars of Bethlehem— “Dar al-Kalima University Scholarships” in Bethlehem

Bright Stars of Bethlehem, NFP is the US 50l(c)(3) organization that supports the work of the Diyar Consortium and the ministries and programs begun through Christmas Lutheran Church in 1995.  Dar Al-Kalima University, accredited in 2013 as a four-year (BA) institution, is the only Lutheran/Christian university/college in the Middle East dedicated to arts and culture education for Palestinian students seeking economical and self-sustaining futures in their homeland.  The focus on the arts and culture is critical for people living under occupation in which it is easy to lose one’s identity and narrative.

The Scholarship Stars program is for Dar al-Kalima (DAK) students enrolled at the University, where a full year’s tuition is $3,600. (USD).  The student body is composed of 378 full and part-time students with the demographics of 60% Muslim, 40% Christian; 51% female, 49% male with ages ranging from 21-53.  Almost all the students receive scholarship assistance.  The goal of Scholarship Stars is to support 100 full time students by raising $360,000 over two years beginning in January, 2017.  Upon graduation; there are many teaching positions available in the 600 elementary schools (public and private) in the West Bank, as well as many graduates become well prepared to begin their own viable businesses.  A grant of $3,600. was approved for a one-year scholarship.


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Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)— “Interfaith Advisory Group

Churches for Middle East Peace is a 501(c)(3) coalition of 27 national Church denominations and organizations in Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Evangelical traditions.  CMEP’s Congressional Engagement program (CE) exists to develop and grow CMEP’s capacity to engage Congress in order to advocate effectively for U.S. policies that promote a comprehensive, just and secure resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  This project involves the re-establishing of the Interfaith Advisory Group (IAG) to elevate and bring together the voices of Christian, Muslim and Jewish civil society leaders engaged in peace and justice work in Palestinian and Israeli communities.  While strengthening interfaith relationships, the work of the IAG will lift up the voices of Palestinians and Israelis as they also inform CMEP’s advocacy with U.S. and International policy makers.  A grant of $3,000. was approved for the expenses of re-organizing the Interfaith Advisory Group.


 

Hebron International Resources Network (HIRN)— “Increasing the Chances of Bedouin Girls Education in Hebron Governorate” in Hebron

HIRN’s mission is to improve access to education for the most vulnerable sectors of the Palestinian communities.  This particular project would provide a classroom to expand a unisex school for girls in a small, traditional Bedouin community of Zweidin in the South Hebron Hills.  In the public education settings boys and girls attend school in mixed classes.  Families tend to force their girls to drop out in early stages to prevent mixing the genders.  Having a unisex school allows the girls to continue their education up through high school.  Over the past three years, the community has created such a school which now provides classes for 70 girls.  By adding another two classrooms and bathroom facilities, the school could expand its student body by 35 students to a total of 105.   With a secondary education, research shows the students will have higher family incomes, marry later, have fewer children and at an older age and invest in their own children’s education.  A grant of $6,000. was approved for the purchase of one pre-fab classroom.


 

Jahalin Solidarity— “A Social Media Campaign: Who is a Bedouin and what is S/he?” in Jerusalem

Jahalin Solidarity is a non-profit registered in Ramallah, which aims to improve and develop Palestinian society (especially for Bedouin).  This project would create five filmlets to be used in social media to introduce Bedouins to the Israeli and Palestinian publics, neither of which understand the Bedouin, who are marginalized by both groups.  The subjects of these filmlets will be five Bedouin spokespersons who will speak  about what being Bedouin means to them.  It is hoped that these messages will help the public to identify with the Bedouin and to realize that they are not being treated fairly.  At this point, Bedouin are not “seen” by the Israelis or the Palestinians.  Hopefully, through this project, the Bedouins will become more visible and their voices more clearly heard.   A grant of $3,000.  toward the producing of the first filmlet was approved.


 

Vision Association for Culture and Arts (VACA and also referred to as the House of Hope) – “Grade Levels Expansion of VACA School”  in Bethany, West Bank


VACA provides an elementary school for the Bethany villages of Al-Eizariya, Abu Dis and Al-Sawahera, which are increasingly isolated due to the barrier wall and restrictions imposed by the Israeli army.  This marginalization diminishes resources for the arts and leaves community members feeling that their cultural heritage is disappearing.  Particularly children experience a sense of hopelessness in this environment.  VACA was established in 2008 to promote freedom, independence and justice by increasing cultural, artistic and literary awareness among Palestinian children.  This program aims to empower children with creative self-expression and nonviolent communication skills.

VACA operates the House of Hope, which is a kindergarten and elementary school for low-income Palestinian children of Muslim and Christian faiths.  In addition to the required academic curriculum, House of Hope teaches creative learning classes around arts, crafts, music and dance.  So far, the school includes Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2.  This grant would allow them to expand their program to include children who have reached Grades 3 and 4.   A grant of $4,000. was approved for equipment and educational materials necessary to add more students.

 

 


 

Yaffa Youth Movement Association (YYMA)— “Access to Higher Education for Palestinian Youth” in Yaffa

YYMA has spent the last seven years, identifying critical needs of local residents in Yaffa and working to improve the life of community members.  They believe that the only way forward is to build a unified and cohesive community that is empowered, resilient, inclusive and democratic.  To do so, it is important to have a strong youth movement built on democratic values and human rights, strong community support and accountability, and solid partnerships.  This particular project will support 27 high school youth from Yaffa, who will participate in a program to develop access to university and academic engagement.  They hope to present and develop options for university entrance and academic career paths, which is important because marginalized Palestinian youth typically live in very non-academic environments.  The 27 students will take part in field trips to meet students and staff at six universities in Israel.  They will meet with Palestinian academics and/or Ph. D. candidates in informal settings to share ideas regarding academic career prospects.  A grant $5,000. was approved to cover the expenses for the field trips.

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